University of Minnesota

Entrepreneurial Management Student Profile

Name: Garret Zastoupil
Anticipated Graduation Year:
Major: Entrepreneurial Management and Public/Non-Profit Management

How and why did you choose your major?

I landed upon my majors through a process of elimination. As a Carlson student, you have about 8 options for majors and, through taking a series of introductory classes, it ended up being a process of elimination. I ended up choosing my specific majors because the pair worked really well together and create a great background for Social Entrepreneurship type work. For me personally, I really enjoyed the creativity and individualization that comes with these majors, allowing me to run wild with my ideas and passions.

Please give a description (in your words) of your major including the things you learn, favorite classes, and any challenges you have faced.

I would say my majors combined are the study of the process of creating organizations (services or production) based on a student's own interests. I have learned about myself and my own values and creative processes through my majors and have been inspired by those of my peers. So far, my favorite class has been Leadership, You, and Your Community. It's a "double dipper" that counted for both my Leadership Minor and my Public/Non-Profit Management Major. It was an awesome class that really empowered students.

What types of experiences outside of the classroom have you had relating to your major? (i.e. clubs, jobs, internships, volunteering, study abroad etc.)

I interned last summer back in Fargo for our US Congressman, which was a great experience for seeing Public Service. Other experiences that I have had include serving as a teaching assistant for the Leadership Minor, and working as a Strengths and Engagement Coach.

In your opinion, what is one thing, or one piece of advice that other students pursuing your major should know?

It's going to be challenging as you move through Carlson with these majors because they are not your typical Carlson Majors. If you're passionate about what you are studying though, you won't have to worry about what others think, keep doing you. Also, the Carlson Advising Staff are awesome (both academic and career), use them as a resource!

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